In 1830, in the heart of the South Downs, a remote farm labourer’s cottage and barns was built. This blog records my efforts to discover some of its many stories.
It has been a long time since my last blog. I have been hiding away from the world since Covid writing a book, with the help of my mum, on the WW2 history associated with the Balsdean and Castle Hill Downs, including the associated villages of Kingston near Lewes and Woodingdean. The book was supposed […]
After Dunkirk, everything changed. The Sussex coast was threatened by invasion. Evacuees were evacuated, to be replaced by British and Canadian soldiers.
Just twenty years after the Great War, the war to end all wars, a Second World War was declared.
Sunday’s guided history walk was wild, wet and windy, but well worth the challenge. A hardy few joined me for a challenging morning full of life and death through some 5,000 years of history. Our first stop was a short excursion of a few yards along the headland of a muddy ploughed field immediately to […]
Originally posted on Doug's Archaeology:
A session for the CIfA conference that we filmed. This one dealing with the local archaeology, for the conference: Session Abstract The venue for this year’s CIfA conference is also one of the region’s more interesting and important prehistoric monuments: an early Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure. This sits within a…
CLIFFTOPS Writers present OUR OPEN EVENING: Local Historian David Cuthbertson of the WOODINGDEAN SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT Will be wanting your ***WOODINGDEAN WRITING*** He will speak on the importance of EVOKING A SENSE OF PLACE: …writing for future historians… FOLLOWED BY Q & A SESSION BRING YOUR QUESTIONS! BRING YOUR STORIES! ……………………………………… Free entry. All ages welcome. […]
A year or more ago, realising I was studying the downs from the comfort of a chair via the Internet, I decided to become a Brighton Healthwalk leader. It is an excellent way for me to get off my bottom, get some exercise, whilst informally sharing some of my local and natural history knowledge of […]
Those who read my previous post will know I have been struggling to find a good title for my revised history project. I had a self printed business card which used the above picture as a background image. Its original title was: Newmarket Farm History Project But the new project title: Of Sheep & Fish: […]
It has been a while since I wrote a progress report; I have been busy with other stuff (lots of new commitments), but I have also been busy pulling together a new formal historical archaeology project proposal for this project as a whole. This has been happening on and off for the past two or […]
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Health Walk programme I am leading a 4.5 mile history tour of the Balsdean and Kingston Downs. It starts at 10am on Monday 15th July, from the Falmer Road car park, immediately north of the village of Woodingdean, near Brighton, Sussex. Hopefully we will finish before 1pm. […]